The 2020-21 high school basketball season in Washington is scheduled to start on February 1.
Though doubt surrounds when the season will start in its already-delayed form due to to state-issued COVID-19 guidelines, players around the state have worked hard to prepare for the possibility.
We thought we’d do the same.
In the lead-up to the season, SBLive Washington is identifying and assessing state player of the year candidates at every classification based on impact on the high school stage last season and projected impact this upcoming season.
Here are the 2020-21 boys basketball player of the year candidates for Class 1B, listed in alphabetical order:
1B PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES
Justice Hart, Yakama Tribal, 6-2, jr.
He was relied on as Yakama Tribal’s bouncy presence on the glass on its charmed run back to the 1B state finals in 2019-20. With the Strom brothers graduated, he’ll be asked to do much more than be a double-double machine.
Reece Isaak, Almira-Coulee-Hartline, 6-4, F, sr.
Almira-Coulee-Hartline is an entirely different team with Isaak in the lineup. That’s because not many can match up with his 255-pound frame and rebounding prowess, which he turned into 18 points and 12.3 boards per game, returning from injury to help ACH go toe-to-toe with eventual state champ Odessa in the state quarters.
Grant McClure, Liberty Christian, 6-2, G, sr.
McClure started his junior season on a scoring tear until he got sick, limiting him for most of the second half of 2019-2020. Still, he averaged 26 points, five assists and six boards per game — and McClure brings those talents down to 1B, as Liberty Christian has moved down from 2B. He has offers from Puget Sounds, Whitman and Wheaton.
Izaiah Mowitch, Taholah, 6-2, F, sr.
He’s a double-double machine for Taholah and one of the most dominant big men in 1B last season. In one game, he logged 36 points and 16 boards. And he helped Taholah reach the first round of the state tournament.
Colton Seymour, Cusick, 5-8, G, jr.
Seymour, who also plays football and golf, has already scored more than 1,000 points in just two seasons at Cusick. As a sophomore guard, he averaged 19.2 points per game.
Logan Walker, Willipa Valley, 6-3, G, sr.
Walker averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and a steal per game to help Willipa Valley place fifth in state as a junior.